Wednesday 19 September 2018

Masuaku issues public apology for spitting at opponent

West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku. Photo: Andrew Yates/Reuters
West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku. Photo: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Daniel Zeqiri

West Ham's Arthur Masuaku has issued a public apology for the spitting incident that saw him sent off in the Hammers 2-0 English FA Cup defeat at Wigan Athletic.

Manager David Moyes branded his player's actions "despicable" and the West Ham left-back described his own behaviour as "totally unacceptable" in a statement on Twitter.

Masuaku will be fined two weeks' wages and is likely to receive a six-match ban from the FA, adding to West Ham's growing list of problems as the squad suffers under the strain of a mounting injury list.

The 24-year-old said: "I want to say sorry for my actions yesterday. I let down my team-mates, the manager, coaches, board and the fans.

"I am very sad because the manager and coaches have put a lot of faith in me but I will work very hard to try and win that back.

"It was in the heat of the moment and out of character for me but I know it was totally unacceptable and I will learn from the first red card of my career."

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Referee Chris Kavanagh brandished the red card after Masuaku was judged to have spat at Wigan midfielder Nick Powell in an unsavoury reaction to a late tackle.

Moyes gave a frank assessment of his conduct in the aftermath of West Ham's defeat, declaring: "He will deserve everything he gets and he will get something he deserves from us.

"It was despicable. I've not seen it from him. We like him - he's a really good boy around the club. I've enjoyed him so I'd have to say it is out of character."

The spitting incident took the spotlight away from where it should have shone - on a Wigan performance of style and muscle.

With the League One side far hungrier and better in every department, Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg headed them into a seventh minute lead before scoring again from the penalty spot in the second half following a Reece Burke handball.

"I find the FA Cup easy against all these Premier League teams! Only joking," Grigg said.

"A lot of these boys have played against Premier League teams whether it's in cup matches or otherwise, so there is definitely no fear there.

"We get it down and we pass it, it doesn't matter who the opponents are, that is what we said from the start and we are confident of playing against anyone." © Daily Telegraph, London.

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